torsdag 24 november 2016

Bränderna fortsätter

Man uppskattar att ungefär hälften av bränderna som härjar i Israel har varit anlagda. I arabvärlden glädjer man sig på sociala medier över bränderna.
I dag uppges upp till 60.000 människor har evakuerats från området kring Haifa i norra Israel.
Israel in flames: Suspects detained for arson; 60,000 evacuated from Haifa alone

Arab social media ablaze with 'Israel is burning' posts celebrating fires

Tens of thousands flee massive fires raging across Haifa (The Times of Israel)
Some sixty thousand people were evacuated from their homes in Haifa Thursday as a wave of wildfires threatened the bay metropolis, bolstered by high winds and dry conditions that have contributed to a spate of blazes across the country this week.

Residents of a total of 11 neighborhoods in the city were told to leave their homes, as fires in at least five locations consumed homes and businesses.

During the afternoon another brush fire broke out in the Horeshim Forest in the Sharon region. The nearby community of Nirit was evacuated.

A fire that started at the Sha’ar Hagai Junction, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, was reportedly sweeping toward a gas station in the area, and Modiin’s two train stations were closed due to a blaze in the central-region city. Earlier, police had briefly closed Route 443, the main approach road to Modiin, due to a fire in the area.
“The fire is not under control; residents should quickly evacuate,” the Haifa fire chief said, as eyewitnesses described firefighters having little success in checking the onslaught of the flames.

Firefighting planes from several countries were being brought in and the army’s Home Front Command called in soldiers and rescuers to aid with the effort.

In the Haifa’s Romema neighborhood, a large apartment tower was seen going up in flames.

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